Virtual Q&A Happy Hour Q&A with Axel Fuhrmann, Director of "For Elise"

Kit Armstrong spielt Für Elise © DokFabrik

Tue, 06/09/2020

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM


LUDWIG VAN: A cinematic celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday

A digital film series by Goethe Pop Up Kansas City
Our Digital Film Haus is celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a series featuring various documentaries and discussions about LUDWIG VAN. Each film focuses on a different aspect of the composer’s work and life to explore influences and interpretations of his unforgettable music.
We are thrilled to welcome Axel Fuhrmann, the director of For Elise: Beethoven’s Bestseller for a virtual Happy Hour Q&A. Mr. Fuhrmann will join us via Zoom from Germany for this discussion on Tuesday, June 9th at 5:00 pm (CDT).  The Q&A will be moderated by Dr. William Everett, Professor of Musicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Axel Fuhrmann © DokFabrik About Axel Fuhrmann
Axel Fuhrmann is the author, director, and producer of various music documentaries, opera and concert recordings. Since 2011, he has been running his own film production company, the DokFabrik in Bielefeld, Germany, which produces music documentaries for ARD, ZDF, Arte, and other international broadcasters.
His documentaries include: Der Traum vom GesamtkunstwerkGegenwartskunst und Oper, Westside StoryBernsteins Broadway Hit, MondscheinsonateDie Volkspianistin Elly Ney, and many more. 
For his films Axel Fuhrmann worked together with numerous artists, such as Diana Damrau, Hélène Grimaud, Alice Sarah Ott, Gabriela Montero, Kit Armstrong, Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Yehudi Menuhin, Christian Thielemann, and many others.
In his film For Elise: Beethoven's Bestseller, included as part of our digital film series LUDWIG VAN, Fuhrmann describes the triumphal procession of this famous piano piece by Beethoven. Richard Clayderman brought the piece into the charts as a "pop hit", Roman Polanski used it as a film score, and the musical comedian Hans Liberg makes fun of it.

About Dr. William Everett

Dr. William A. Everett is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Musicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.  Among his various publications, he is contributing co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Musical (with Paul Laird, now in its third edition) and The Palgrave Handbook of Musical Theatre Producers (with Laura MacDonald).  He serves as series editor for Elements in Musical Theatre, a new series published by Cambridge University Press.  
To join this Zoom event on Tuesday, June 9th at 5:00 pm (CDT), simply send an email to  and we will send you the Zoom access code.